Jose Goicoechea earned his undergraduate and Ph.D. degrees at the Universities of Zaragoza (Spain) and Bath (U.K.), respectively, the latter under the supervision of Professor Michael K. Whittlesey. Between 2003 and 2006, Goicoechea was a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Notre Dame where he worked under the supervision of Professor Slavi Sevov on anionic clusters of the p-block elements (Zintl ions). He joined the Indiana University (IU) Department of Chemistry as the Veronica Siedle Chair in Inorganic Chemistry in January 2023.
Prior to joining the IU faculty, Goicoechea was a professor of inorganic chemistry at the University of Oxford, U.K. At IU, Goicoechea leads a dynamic research group focused on the design and synthesis of novel compounds based on environmentally abundant main-group elements (e.g. aluminium, silicon, phosphorus). This work ranges from purely fundamental studies (such as the synthesis of elusive small molecules and reactive intermediates), to more applied fields (catalysis and materials science).
His work has been recognized by several prizes and awards including the Alexander von Humboldt Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Research Award (2020), the RSC Main Group Chemistry Award (2018), and an ACS Organometallics Young Investigator Fellowship (2014). Research by the Goicoechea group has featured in over 130 publications in leading journals (Nature, Nature Chem., J. Am. Chem. Soc., Angew. Chem., Chem. Sci. etc.). Several of these papers have been the subject of highlights in publications such as Science, Chemical and Engineering News, Chemistry and Industry, and Angewandte Chemie.